- a bulbous herb (Allium sativum) of the lily family
- the strong-smelling bulb of this plant, made up of small sections called cloves, used as seasoning in meats, salads, etc.
Origin of garlicMiddle English garlek from Old English garleac from gar, a spear (see gore) + leac, leek: from the spearlike leaves
- An onionlike plant (Allium sativum) of southern Europe having a bulb that breaks up into separable cloves with a strong distinctive odor and flavor.
- The bulb of this plant.
transitive verbgar·licked, gar·lick·ing, gar·licks
To season or flavor (a food) with garlic.
Origin of garlicMiddle English from Old English gārlēac gār spear ( probably in reference to the shape of a clove of garlic, resembling a spearhead, or to the shape of the leaves ) lēac leek
(countable and uncountable, plural garlics)
From the Old English gārlēac, from gār (“spear”, in reference to the cloves) + lēac (“leek”).